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Oscar the Owl

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Meet Oscar, Ritani's diamond expert. Whether you're looking for jewelry inspiration or diamond education, he's here to help.

If you’re reading this, it’s probably because you got engaged recently. If that’s the case, then congratulations! This is a super exciting time in your life. You finally found the one! Of course, there’s no right or wrong way to be engaged - but here are some tips to make this whirlwind time go more smoothly. 1. Get a manicure. You may have already gotten a manicure - by coincidence, or you were suspecting your significant other would pop the question soon. If you don’t have a manicure at the moment, now is the perfect time to treat yourself. Everyone is going...

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be the most romantic day of the year, so you may be feeling a lot of pressure to make it perfect. With so many gifts, cards, flowers, and restaurants to choose from, it can start to feel a little overwhelming. Fortunately, we’re here to help you find a unique Valentine’s Day date idea so you can focus on what really matters: your Valentine. In our opinion, the perfect Valentine's Day is made up of the following three things: The Dinner, The Date, and The Gift. The Dinner To create the perfect Valentine’s Day, the first thing you’ll...

When shopping for a diamond, you may notice that a few confusing classifications come into play. This is especially true, with regards to diamond clarity (clarity being just one of the four c's- cut, color, clarity, and carat). VS or very slightly included, for example, is a clarity distinction that affects both the style and price of a diamond. With pricing, a mixture of all of the four C's is taken into account. VS1 and VS2 diamonds are slightly above average in clarity, and feature only minimal inclusions. The inclusions they do have, are usually hard to detect, and they usually 'eye-clean'...

With the holidays behind us, we can finally take the time to shift our focus from all the office holiday parties, family gatherings, and New Year’s Eve blowouts back to the apple of our eyes: our significant others. And if your relationship is getting pretty serious, this could be the perfect time to finally pop the question. If you’re one of those people who’s worried it might be trite or cheesy to propose on Valentine’s Day, here are five reasons why we think it’s still the perfect day to propose. 1. Love is in the air. Valentine’s Day is the celebration of...

When shopping for a diamond, you may notice that a few confusing classifications come into play. This is especially true with regards to diamond clarity. Clarity is just one of the four C's- cut, color, clarity, and carat. VVS or very very slightly included diamonds carry a clarity distinction that affects both the style and price of a diamond. With  diamond pricing, a mixture of all of four C's is taken into account. VVS diamonds are very popular, due to their purity, and as a result of said purity, they're also known for being a bit more expensive. What Are VVS Diamonds? VVS...

So you're looking to buy an engagement ring, and you're considering rose gold. Well, you're in the right place because rose gold is about as romantic as it gets. These engagement rings are the epitome of romanticism, and if ever love were to be encapsulated in the form of a ring, it would be rose gold. The charming, “point-scoring” alloy that is rose gold almost guarantees you an answer in the affirmative on engagement night. But if they say no, just know that they probably weren't worth it to begin with. Kidding. Over the years, rose gold has interchangeably been the...

Andrea and Erik’s path to marriage is an inspiring story, spanning two continents, different cultures, and four years of long-distance romance. Andrea is from Italy. He is a structural engineer who studied at University of Bologna and now works in Downtown LA at Nous Engineering. Erik was born and raised in Los Angeles. He currently works in fundraising for AIDS/LifeCycle, a 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles that raises money for HIV/AIDS services in both cities. Andrea and Erik met almost three years ago online, when Andrea was staying in Los Angeles for an architecture internship. Erik...

Pear shaped diamonds have always been a unique and brilliant way to symbolize true love. Hollywood actor Richard Burton once paid $1.1 million for a 69-carat, pear-shaped diamond cut by famous jeweler Harry Winston and presented it to his wife Elizabeth Taylor, the academy award winning actress and fashion icon. The incredible stone graced her neck in several public appearances and eventually became the centerpiece of a gorgeous Cartier ring. While their famously stormy relationship faded from the public eye many years ago, the Taylor Burton diamond made a permanent impression. Related: Elizabeth Taylor's Engagement Rings While choosing an enormous, million dollar diamond...